Chelsea must compete with Tottenham for Romelu Lukaku replacement with Kai Havertz problem clear – Anita Abayomi
As Chelsea and Inter Milan come and go in negotiations for Romelu Lukaku, the Blues must not lose sight of their next transfer. Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele have been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge and it looks like in a few days, announcements will be made on their respective futures. The question now is who will replace Lukaku this summer? Could Everton’s Richarlison be an option?
The Brazilian striker could leave Frank Lampard’s squad this summer and, according to the Daily Mail, Frank Lampard is already considering a replacement. The idea of Chelsea signing Richarlison isn’t that bad; last season the 25-year-old gave it his all to help keep Everton out of the relegation zone despite suffering injury complications. He’s a tough player and a resilient individual that the Blues could benefit from.
According to UOL, if Richarlison were to leave Merseyside this summer, he would prefer Chelsea to Real Madrid. If that’s not enough incentive to pursue him, I don’t know what is.
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Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been offered Richarlison this summer. As he will enter his penultimate year on his contract with the Toffees next season, it could be a case now or never for Lampard to strike a bargain.
While the idea of Kai Havertz leading Chelsea’s attack next season sounds appealing, it’s also not the best scenario Chelsea could find themselves in. his shortcomings in front of goal.
It comes down to the fact that, naturally, he plays much deeper than a number nine should. Having played in every attacking position since joining Chelsea in 2020, Thomas Tuchel has decided he prefers the German as a striker. He’s still far from the expected 20+ goals per season and I wonder if that’s the best option for Havertz, or if it’s just covering up the cracks.
Chelsea have struggled to find the right attacking profile since Antonio Conte’s surprising sacking of Diego Costa in 2017. Alvaro Morata, Tammy Abraham and Romelu Lukaku haven’t worked out for a variety of reasons – Richarlison could reverse our misfortune.
Considering the good players around him and Thomas Tuchel’s coaching, it’s unclear how far the Brazilian can take the Blues in the future. He may not have a prolific goalscoring record like other forwards before coming to Chelsea, but he has shown a level of resilience that you just can’t squeeze into a player. Something that Lukaku probably lacked last season.
football.london includes Tottenham Chief Football Officer, Fabio Paratici is a Richarlison fan. With Spurs having already signed Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma so far this summer, it’s imperative that they don’t get another player across the line before Chelsea, especially if the Blues are linked with said player. The rivalry doesn’t end on the pitch, it’s still alive and well in the transfer window.